Jubilee Special: how Warwickshire’s population has changed over the past 60 years

As we approach the Diamond Jubilee weekend, we thought it might be interesting* to see how Warwickshire’s population has changed over the past sixty years.  This visual blog post provides a few headline figures, using historical Census data to compare the population in 1951 with 2010 (the latest available estimates; you’ll have to allow us some artistic licence on this ’60 years’ thing).

In 1951, the population of Warwickshire was 345,700.  Now, the population is 536,000, an increase of 190,300 or more than 55%.  In other words, the size of the county’s population has increased by more than half in the past sixty years. Our first graphic presents the growth over time (click on the graphic to see the full detail).

Next, we look at our five districts and boroughs in more detail.  We can see that growth across the county has not been consistent, with the two southern districts in particular experiencing significant growth since 1951.  Stratford-on-Avon District has increased by 70%, while Warwick District has grown by 69%.  The smallest rate of growth is in North Warwickshire, which has increased just 28% in the last sixty years.

The second graphic presents this growth in index form.  The population in 1951 for each district/borough is regarded as having an index of 100, with other years presented as a proportion of this.  It demonstrates how North Warwickshire’s population has remained relatively static since 1981, while the growth in Warwick District was particularly high during the past decade. Again, click on the image to see the full detail.

Finally, we consider the growth in population at an individual town level.  Our third graphic presents visual representations of two years; 1951 and 2010.  The largest eight towns in 2010 were also the largest in 1951, and in the same pecking order.  However, the rate of growth has varied, with relatively higher increases in Nuneaton and Rugby than Leamington Spa.  We see that Coleshill is the only town where the population total is unchanged on 1951 (although we believe the residents may have changed). 

It’s interesting to consider how much smaller today’s towns would have been sixty years ago.  For example, Kenilworth in 1951 was the size Atherstone is today, and not much bigger than Whitnash.

Let us know if you would like any of the raw data behind these graphics (the 2010 figures can be found in a chapter within our Quality of Life Report).

* we appreciate our idea of ‘interesting’ may not be the same as normal people…

2 Responses

  1. I think it is really interesting as a resident of Warwickshire, it makes you wonder what the projections into the future would be

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